The quest to find a good Bengali food joint in Dubai has culminated in to my visit at Food Village. A recommendation from TheShazWorld ( Super Thanks for that) helped me locate this hidden gem. Again, Bengali cuisine is an under represented cuisine in UAE. The cuisine is known for the delicate preparations of fish,liberal use of mustard & some gobsmacking sweets.
The name Food Village doesn’t give away anything. Sounds more like a know it all multicuisine fast food place. Boy, I was so wrong about that!
Ambiance: Locating the place needs help from Google Maps & a lot of self judgement to find the parking. Once that’s out of the way, the interiors of Food Village offer a soothing welcome. Green trees placed in the middle of the restaurant offer a fresh vibe to the place. The Daily Specials Board is handwritten & gives a peek into whats cooking in the kitchen today.
Service: Very formal & to the point, quick & efficient. Just would want the people to not have a glum look on their face & loosen up a bit.
Ordered the Friday special Kachchi Mutton Biryani, Shorshe Ilish & a Pomfret fish fry.
Shorshe Ilish: Ideally my review should start & end here itself, the Shorshe Ilish was that good! A Very very delicate fish in a super mustard sauce. And guess what? I was served the Fish Roe along with that! A great prized delicacy in itself, they could have avoided it, but I am so happy at their benevolence. The fish roe, a contradictory tougher texture to the soft & break apart fish made it a Winner Dish! And I couldn’t stop licking the sauce off the plate until the server took it away from me.
Kachchi Biryani: Mutton Kachchi Biryani was served with a Kebab, Barhani & a Salad. The Biryani itself was a massive portion, enough for 2. The meat however was a bit tough & lacked flavour.
What was really good was the Kebab, which was like a mashed meat with spices Shami kebab covered in egg & fried, high on spice but great texture.
The Salad had green chillies which I unfortunately bit.
But, the Barhani ( Coriander/ Mint based Youghurt drink) cooled it off immediately.
Pomfret Fry: I can call it disappointing as there was nothing great about it in terms of flavor or fish texture itself.
Kheer mohan: An unique Bengali sweet delicacy made with soft paneer ( cottage cheese) and right sweetness. Great finish to the meal!
Pricing: A meal for 2 would be around 75-80 Dhs. Super Value for money!
Final Verdict: It will take some doing to beat this as my Favorite Bengali restaurant in Dubai. Me, I am already waiting to try the Bharta platter & Daab chingri.